Program Philosophy

It is the philosophy of the Alternative Day Program that all individuals having intellectual disabilities have the right to engage in meaningful daytime activities, which may or may not lead to productive employment.

It is recognized by the agency that individuals with intellectual disabilities may be lacking in the necessary daily living skills, social skills, and appropriate social etiquette, thus interfering with their ability to pursue this right. The Alternative Day Program was developed to teach individuals the necessary skills and provide supports so that a participant may some day gain employment or engage in some other type of meaningful daytime activity. Because participants in the Alternative Day Program differ in their needs, abilities, and handicaps, it is the program’s belief that services to be offered should be based on the needs of the individual and always take into consideration the end goal, which the participant wishes to achieve.

Family Services also believes that the participants of the program have a right to be taught skills using the least restrictive and least intrusive techniques. Initially, for those participants experiencing severe skills deficits and/or behavior difficulties, techniques used may need to be more restrictive than usual. As the individual develops the necessary skills and knowledge to function more independently, the techniques used to assist the individual to gain greater independence will become less intrusive.

State regulations define an adult training facility as daytime group services for four or more adults. The facility used as the site of the Alternative Day Program possesses a Code B occupancy permit from the Department of Labor and Industry. All space is easily accessible to all participants of the program. The ADP facility allows for access for use of wheelchairs and special walking equipment, including the bathrooms at the site. All floors have a non-skid covering including outside walkways. The furniture is sturdy and will not topple or slide when used for support when standing or sitting. Chairs with arms and other adaptable furnishings are available for participants who need them.

The facility has one room large enough to serve as a group activities room and also provides a separate space available for a rest area. The rest area/sick room contains a bed and is suitably equipped to be private and comfortable.  A telephone, an emergency medical kit and fire extinguishers are located in the main program area where they are visible and accessible to staff in emergencies. In addition, emergency telephone numbers are also posted by each telephone. The ADP facility also possesses a washer and dryer, a microwave, and clothing storage areas for use by the participant.

Selection to participate in the Alternative Day Program is dependent upon an individual’s needs and ability of the ADP to meet those needs. Every attempt is made to place individuals of the same age group and abilities together whenever possible.

People wishing to be served in FSI’s ADP should choose FSI via the RFP process in their county and by the submission of a referral packet by their Supports Coordinator to the ID Program Director. The ID Program Director and the Program Supervisors’ meet and interview potential service recipients plus provide a tour of the ADP. A mutual decision is reached between the person requesting services and the ID Program Director to employ FSI for service provision.

Upon choosing to participate in the Alternative Day Program, it is necessary for each individual to obtain or present a physical examination, which has been completed within twelve months of starting services. In addition to complete medical information, all physical evaluations must document that the participant is free from communicable diseases. The agency may also require that additional dental, hearing, and vision exams occur for each participant as deemed necessary.